Master of Arts (Research on Islands and Small States)

Master of Arts (Research on Islands and Small States)

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Course title Master of Arts (Research on Islands and Small States)
Course code PMAISSFTB8
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time Blended
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Stefano Moncada
Delivered by Islands and Small States Institute
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The programme is designed so as to enhance your knowledge on islands and small states matters. The course is intended to be inter-disciplinary and will relate to economic, social, environmental and political issues associated with islands and small states. The different study units offered by the programme are designed so as to strengthen your capacities to understand and identify the advantages and constraints associated with small country size and insularity. The programme should enhance your capacities for thinking, reasoning, conceptualizing, and assessing key theoretical, and applied, aspects relating to islands and small states, thus, additionally, contributing to your intellectual development.

As an enrolled student, you will be required to attend face-to-face lectures at the University for a two-week period at the beginning of October. You will then be expected to continue with your studies via online platforms provided by the University.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in an area of study which the Board of Studies deems to be relevant to the proposed area of study for the dissertation,
provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class (Honours) shall satisfy the Board of Studies that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience obtained following the first cycle degree.

The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three members, appointed by the Board for the purpose.

Applicants are required to submit the following information:
- a draft research proposal (further information on structure is available here)
- a motivational letter (not exceeding one page)
- a recent CV
- at least 2 reference letters

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Recognise the special characteristics of islands and small states to suggest policy measures associated with these characteristics.
• Undertake an in-depth analysis of economic and environmental realities in territories characterised by small population size and insularity, enabling you to identify situations where one-size-fits-all policy measures may not be appropriate.
• Undertake an in-depth analysis of social and political realities in territories characterised by small population size and insularity, enabling you to identify situations where a one-size-fits-all policy measures may not be appropriate for social development and political governance.
• Apply quantitative and qualitative techniques to estimate relationships between variables and to prepare studies for publication.
• Participate in funded projects that require quantitative and qualitative assessments and to lead teams for this purpose.
• Collect primary data and/or process secondary data, and combine theory with applied quantitative or qualitative methodologies.
The course is intended if you are a highly motivated and qualified individual with a first-degree and would like to undertake in-depth research on islands and small states.
As a successful graduate, you will be considered as having relevant qualification for positions in

(a) international and regional organisations which have small islands states as one of their constituencies (such as the World Bank, the IMF, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, and others)
(b) Ministries of Foreign Affairs in small states and
(c) universities of small states.
In addition, you may also proceed to follow a PhD programme in the same area of study.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 27 April 2022

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.